Injury, disasters, violence, and other acute traumatic events are unfortunately common, affecting tens of millions of children each year globally. After such events, traumatic stress and other psychological sequelae can have substantial impact on children’s health and wellbeing.
A growing number of prospective studies track child symptoms and recovery following acute trauma exposure. But many have small samples which limit generalizaibilty, and wide variation in measures makes cross-study comparisons challenging.
The PACT/R Data Archive is an international collaborative effort to address this challenge.
- bringing datasets together in a common format
- helping to preserve these data for future use
- using expert input to make data ready for integrative cross-study analyses.
Investigators contribute their data to the Archive to help build and sustain this important resource for the field. (Submitting data may also help investigators meet data sharing requirements from their funders.) The Archive is growing - it currently has datasets from studies conducted in 5 countries, representing data from more than 5500 children and adolescents.
Researchers can request data from the Archive for secondary analysis - to examine risk and protective factors for post-trauma psychological sequelae, and to understand trajectories of traumatic stress and related symptoms over time.